Ailing Goa CM Inspects Bridge, Photo Draws Sharp Reactions

Ailing Goa CM Inspects Bridge, Photo Draws Sharp Reactions

Ailing Goa CM Inspects Bridge, Photo Draws Sharp Reactions 

New Delhi: Manohar Parrikar, the chief minister of Goa, who is has been unwell for some time over a pancreatic condition, had inspected a half-constructed bridge on Mandovi river. This is the Goa CM's in his first public appearance since he spent months in hospital in Delhi. Mr Parikkar had a tube in his nose and appeared to be walking with support.

He also inspected another bridge, over Zuari River, near Panjim.

The 63 year old chief minister had been recuperating from a surgery at his private home in Goa since October 14 and this is the first time he has moved out of the house, officials said.

Mr Parrikar had travelled around 6 km from Porvorim to Merces to inspect the bridge, the third over the Mandovi, as informed by a senior functionary of the chief minister's office. 

Expected to be completed next year, the bridge will connect Panaji to the rest of north Goa.

The ailing chief minister of Goa, got off his car at the site and discussed the progress of the work with officials of the Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation and contracting firm Larsen and Toubro, said the functionary. He was also accompanied by two doctors.

The ailing chief minister's photograph drew a lot of criticism although officials said he wanted to visit the site as the bridge was his pet project.

"He has a tube inserted through his nose into his digestive tract. How inhuman to force him to continue working & doing photo ops. Why can't he be allowed to deal with his illness without all this pressure & tamasha?," Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted. 

Many people tweeted their wishes for Mr Parrikar, who looked frail in the photo.

The Chief Minister of Goa has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months.

Mr Parrikar had been alleged by the opposition Congress that Mr Parrikar's health condition and his absence from office had paralysed the coastal state's administration. Even allies and some members of the ruling BJP have raised questions. A politician has approached the court asking for an evaluation of Mr Parrikar's condition.

"Is that a tube that is inserted in his nose? Can a party be so power hungry to make a man work despite his illness? With BJP impossible is nothing....to grab power, latch on to power. Take care CM Saab, because clearly, your party won't," tweeted the Congress' Priyanka Chaturvedi.

(Inputs from news agency PTI)